Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Solar System Missions Update 2021-12

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of December 1st 2021.

This Month features anothe newcomer in space, after Lucy last month: DART! It launched November 24 from Vandenberg SFB, it will collide with the Near Earth Asteroid Didymos' moon Dimorphos in September 2022.

This month will feature the launch of the James Webb space telescope, currently planned for the 22nd.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Solar System Missions Update 2021-11

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of November 1st 2021.

This Month' chart has a new entrant in space: Lucy! Launched october 16 from Cape Canaveral, it will travel to Jupiters trojansnafter another two visits to Earth in 2022 and 2024. If all goes as planned we will have another mission spaceborne at the end of the month, the Dart planetary defense probe which will not just travel to asteroid Didimos, but hit its moon Dimorphos!

Solar Orbiter will also visit its former home on an Earth flyby on the 26th. Juno has the 38th perijove on the 28th, and Parker Solar Probes perihelion #10 on the 21st, at a distance of 0.0615 AU or 9.2 million kilometers, its closest approach so far.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Solar System Missions Update 2021-10

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of October 1st 2021.

The Month starts off great with BepiColombos first of six planned Mercury flybys before orbit insertion in 2025.

Further deep space events are Junos 37th perijove on the 16th, and Parker Solar Probes 5th Venus flyby on the 16th.

Also on the 16th there finally will be a new Solar System probe launch: Lucy, the first mission to Jupiters trojans.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Solar System Missions Update 2021-09

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of September 1st 2021.

Juno starts the Month with its 36th perijove.

Some new missions were announced: Intuitive Machines 3rd commercial payload mission to the Moon, IM-3, in 2024, and Rocket Lab will construct the ESCAPADE (Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers) mission to Mars, also in 2024.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Solar System Missions Update 2021-08

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of August 1st 2021.

The inner Solar System is where it's at this month, with an almost simultaneous encounter at Venus of ESAs Solar Orbiter on the 9th and Bepi Colombo on the 10th, along with JAXAs Akatsuki already in Venus orbit. [Flyby dates corrected]

Parker Solar Probe has its 9th perihelium on the 9th at a distance of 0.074 AU, or a bit more than 11 million kilometers.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Solar System Missions Update 2021-07

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of July 1st 2021.

So now we suddenly have a sizeable fleet of missions heading to Venus in the next decade, most of which don't yet appear on the list because it doesn't go that far into the future yet. Anyway, here's the list of announced missions to Venus so far:

  • 2023 Rocket Lab Venus probe; So far not much details apart from the announcement
  • ~2024 Shukrayaan-1 (India), also not much details, at least it has a name
  • ~2024 Chinese Venus Exploration Orbiter, surprisingly the Chinese space agenca also doesn't provide details
  • 2028 VERITAS (USA, JPL)
  • ~2029 Venera-D (Russia)
  • 2030 DAVINCI+ (USA, Goddard)
  • 2031/2 EnVision (Europe, ESA)

    Meanwhile, for the Moon also lots of announcements, but not much details, new CLPS missions, and the Chinese/Russian South pole exploration beyond Luna 27 and Chang-E 8.

    On to Jupiter, where JunoJuno has its next perijove (#35) on the 20th, beginning its extended mission with 42 more orbits until 2025.

    Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

  • Monday, May 31, 2021

    Solar System Missions Update 2021-06

    Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of June 1st 2021.

    The Chinese Zhurong rover has landed on Mars and even send back some images! (#SarkasmOff) Ingenuity keeps on flyin' and is now tagging along with Perseverance as long as it'll last.

    In Moon news, well, DOGE-1... that's a thing now, launch in 2022. The Intuitive Machines NOVA-C lander will launch in January 2022 and the second mission PRIME-1 or NOVA-C IM-2 in December 2022.

    On to Jupiter, whre JunoJuno has its next perijove (#34) on the 7th, and a Ganymede flyby at 3676km distance.

    Finally, I made an important decision about the size of the published graphic: larger! To be precise 1920 by 1430 pixels, that sounded cromulent to me.

    Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.